Nutrition Facts vs. Ingredients
Posted on February 14, 2015 by Frank Tortorici
Hello, everybody. Welcome back to here to FrankTortorici.com. Today’s blog I wanted to touch on just what it means to really understand what you’re buying. What I have here. I just finished up with a client. Was at her house and she whipped these out asking me what my thoughts were on these. She saw multigrain crackers, she saw the V for vegan, so she was under the impression that she was on her way in making a great decision.
See the tagline there. It’s from Trader Joe’s Multigrain crackers. It says, “Good source of fiber and 2 grams of sugar per serving.” People see fiber, 2 grams of sugar thinking it’s low sugar. We’ll all good. If you read the side of the box you hear, “Trader Joe’s Multigrain crackers are made a unique blend of 12 grains. It’s family of 12 grains is artfully milled into a nutritious wholegrain blend tossed with golden soft wheat and then baked into a hearty round cracker.” Yada-yada, it goes on.
Now you get to this side. Like I always say, forget the nutrition facts, peep out the ingredients. What do we have here? We have enriched flour, wheat flour. We have sunflower oil. We have sugar. We have scotch oatmeal. We have rye flour. Multigrain flour bread, wheat, rye, barley, corn, millet, soy beans, sunflower seeds, rice, flax, durum, oats, wheatgerm, modified cornstarch, salt, invert syrup, sodium bicarbonate, onion powder, malt flour, monocalcium phosphate, microbial enzymes.
Wow. We see the whole advertising ploy there. Again, we see the vegan. What’s missing on here? We don’t see anything that says, “Non-GMO verified.” What is that important? Well, very important. If most people that are shopping at stores like Trader Joe’s and picking up something like this instead of say anything from any of the major corporations. I don’t want to name any of the names. Ritz crackers, things like that. They think they’re making a healthier choice.
What’s missing here though is the non-GMO verified because what you have here. We have wheat. We have barley. We have corn. We have soy bean oil, We have cornstarch. Those that I just rambled off are key offenders of genetically engineered ingredients. Now if you do not see the non-GMO verified label on the box … As you can see it’s not anywhere to be found except for the V for vegan. This is basically a GMO shit storm in this product. I hate to say that but it is what it is. The best piece of advice is to avoid all types of grains such as I mentioned off.
Why? Because even if they’re organic and non-GMO verified, a lot of people tend to just have issues with digestion, foods with gluten like wheat, barley, rye, malt, things like that. Corn is a heavily genetically engineered crop. It all comes down to the labeling. Again, this is not to put Trader Joe’s on blast. They’re on of many offenders including major health food stores like even Whole Foods. Although they’re getting a lot better and stricter. I think it’s I want to say 2016 or ’18 where everything will be mandatory labeled of genetically engineered ingredients. This is obviously again as I said a GMO shit storm. Don’t know if you guys can make that out but there are the ingredients.
Avoiding GMOs are a very very important thing for someone who is trying to get and stay healthy. They irritate the gut lining and create a lot of immune responses, create a lot of brain fog. A lot of studies have surfaced saying with lavatory mice all coming up with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol. GMOs wreak havoc, so when you see a product like that that’s filled with grains and you do not see the non-GMO verified, walk away from it. It’s not real food.